What Causes Severe Chest Pain?
Severe chest pain can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose severe chest pain, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "severe chest pain" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Possible Urgent Medical Need
- Cocaine Addiction
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
much reduced sense of smell
frequent red blood in stools
severe neck pain
severe left lumbar pain
severe right iliac pain
pain in both eyes
severe stiff neck
significant right lumbar pain
severe left iliac pain
severe abdominal pain
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of severe chest pain:
|Possible Urgent Medical Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
If you experience chest pain, how would you rate its severity?
→ Not applicable / don't know
→ A minor sensation
→ Very significant
→ Severe, almost unbearable
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate minor chest pain, moderate chest pain, significant chest pain or severe chest pain, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Cocaine induces a feeling of well-being by raising dopamine levels in the brain, but also increases blood pressure and causes blood vessels to contract. Sometimes the arteries feeding the heart go into spasm, causing the severe chest pains that make users go to hospital. If the spasms are particularly severe the patients may need drugs such as nitrates to force their vessels open and prevent a heart attack.
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